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tomorrow. same time, same channel. an update on the tragic mine explosion in west virginia, the deadliest u.s. mining disaster in 26 years, 25 miners dead, four still missing, screen left, you see the microphones set up for the morning briefing, we expect that within the hour, good morning, everybody, that's where we start, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom" and welcome back to martha. martha: good morning to you, good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum and this massive explosion ripping through what is known as the upper big branch mine and it happened during a shift change yesterday. we're just learning that this mine had six violations , dealing with ventilation issues alone, just this year. that is since january. last year, the mine faced 48 what are called unwarrantable failure orders which are considered quite serious. among the dead in yesterday's blast, and we're learning all of these individual stories now as it comes to light, in one situation, three members of the same family, an uncle and two of his nephews who were all working together were found in close pr
stronger maryland. >> reporter: one day after north roll grumman decided to choose virginia over maryland for its headquarters, some say he didn't doing enough. senator barbara mikulski says maryland has fared much better during the recession. >> i think he is going to win because he has shown he can govern during tough times. >> reporter: a recent poll found o'malley leading ehrlich 47% to 44%. that falls in the margin of error. now, granted,ing into ther one of these candidates is going to have too much a problem with name recognition. current governor says it is far too early to place too much importance on polling. >> those things go up and down and i'll let the pundits and radio disc jockeys comment about that sort of process stuff. >> reporter: o'malley is leerily hoping for more up than down looking to avoid the fate of his opponent who lost his first bid for re-election. tom fitzgerald, fox 5 morning news. >>> good morning to you. it is wednesday morning as we get a live look at our nation's capital under a beautiful moon. but temperatures really pretty nippy for this time of year
the confederacy heats up, mississippi governor haley barbour weighing in saying why should virginia's governor have mentioned slavery in his proclamation? we will talk with historian douglas brink about the real history of the war and why now, many try to rewrite it. >>> keeping them honest, the ten continue family who sent their newly adopted russian child back, putting him on a plane alone and not even telling russian officials he was coming. this 17-year-old justin hanson that we are talking about, there he is, we blurred his image because of his age and the situation he was involved n he was adopted only about six months ago but last week, he showed up, as you probably know, up announced at russia's child protection ministry with a note from his adopted family saying he was violent and the mom was misled by adoption officials in russia. russian officials are furious, threatening to suspend all adoption buys americans. today, tennessee law enforcement officials held a news conference but the truth is as you are going to see, they are having trouble investigating the case because just answer
in the mountains, western maryland, west virginia into the upper 40s. and in southern virginia, in the upper 50s. and over the last 12 hours, we've seen the circulation in the atmosphere that triggered yesterday's storms, pulling off to our north and east. a little drizzle around this morning. and as the day progresses, we'll have the winds picking up. highs reaching the low 60s. and quite a bit of cloudiness, just the slight chance of a sprinkle early this morning and later on in the afternoon. more sun tomorrow, highs mid 60s. and near 80 by friday. how's the traffic, engineer? >>> the drive along i-95 uncomplicated. but as tom had mentioned, some patches of light rain, mist, coming down. so the roads may be a little slick. but out of dumfries and dale city, accident-free. interstate 270, wet pavement this morning. authorities were checking for an accident in the local lanes, 270 southbound between 78 and montrose road. and watch out, it will be slick this morning. >>> well you'll have a chance this evening to pay your respects to the late civil rights pioneer, dorothy height. she's died last
andrews air force base, over on the beltway close to pennsylvania avenue. let me take you to virginia. 395 traffic not found on the 14th street bridge, that crashed on the d.c. side of the bridge is a doozy. there's a lot of equipment on the scene with only one lane getting by. if you take mass-transit, i have no major disruptions. they are on normal service. >> it is 6:00. in our top story, the growing death toll in the wake of the strong storms that tore across the nation's south. authorities say at least 12 people are dead after high wind from a tornado leveled hundreds of palms. the same storm system is responsible for the severe weather here. courtney robinson is in the newsroom with more on that. good morning. >> what we did see was heavy rain and wind. in comparison, it is not much to what the south and midwest experienced since thursday, more than 80 twisters spotted. more than twice the number in all of march. 10 people are dead, including a baby and two children, killed by tornadoes in mississippi. if the twister left roughly to london mile-long track of destruction in the state.
working with virginia tech parents on closing the so- called gun show background check loopholes nationwide. >>> our time coming up on 6:30. arizona is a battleground for illegal immigration. sandra endo reports this plan will be in this spotlight on captiol hill today. >> reporter: tough new border security proposals in arizona. it's a big effort to curb illegal immigration which some in the state say is causing major problems. >> those crossing the border illegally are increasingly armed and the violence across our southern border and in arizona has increased. >> reporter: the state lawmakers passed what is considered some of the toughest border security legislation in the nation. local police would now be able to investigate a person's status, regardless of whether the individual is suspected of any other crime, which was the extent of the law before. the state's two republican senators are also pushing a 10- point plan which would include dispatching 3,000 national guard troops to the border. >> people are fed up and the federal government hasn't done what it needs to do to s
george corley wallace. what the world needs now more of this talk, virginia's new republican governor bob mcdonnell has declared april to be confederate history month. to read his proclamation you would think the war was a joyous war of independence. great stuff all around. got overwhelmed by too much firepower up north. not a word about slavery being the issue or the election of abraham lincoln causing succession. former governor doug water of virginia says the confederate history month stuff is mind-boggling. we're going to talk about what just happened. >>> and will the real john mccain please stand up? he now says he's never considered himself a maverick. could someone please remind him he boasted about his maverick credentials throughout the entire 2008 campaign? we'll remind him tonight, go to the videotape. we're rounding up the mavericks tonight. >>> also, why is president obama having so much trouble winning over white-working-class americans? and how can he win a mandate in 2012 he can't do the job? we'll get to that one. >>> let me finish tonight with thoughts on p
in west virginia to eulogize the miners that perished. hello, i'm patti ann brown. >> i'm eric sean. >> vice president and state officials will be joining him to remember and honor those that died. the president is meeting privately with the mine's victim's family. president is expected to pay tribute by saying the miners died in pursuit of the american dream. we'll bring you the service as it begins in half an hour from now. >>> rescuers in western mississippi are scouring neighborhoods of splintered homes and uprooted trees looking for tornado survivors. yesterday a devastating twister sliced through the state killing ten people including two children and a three-month-old baby. 100 homes in yazoo county are severely damaged. mississippi governor haley barbour described it as utter obliteration and the tornado as enormous. yazoo city was hit the hardest where chris is right now. >> reporter: i want to explain to our viewers, here we are 24 hours after the twister touched down and they are still combing the area looking for victims. that is because there are parts of this state tha
temperatures, 56-degree in washington. 56 in annapolis. 55 at quantico, virginia. 54 in gaithersburg. salisbury at 55 degrees. our temperatures are quite consistent. forecast if today, couple early morning showers and clouds. then this afternoon -- that is not the right page there. we'll see clearing skies as the day progresses. our high today will be in the low 60s. we'll fix that for you and get that for you shortly. >> good. i think we got better temperatures on the way which will be nice. >> yes, we do. >> i don't know about you but it was a late night and a rough morning because of that the caps loss. >> i stayed to the end. not a good idea. >> you and me both. now, is one and we're done and we have to win this one on wednesday night. on the roads, not looking so bad. as tony said vers he -- he was using the wipers. had an incident on the beltway near st. barnabas road. that has been cleared to the shoulder n virginia, 95 is looking good out of dumfries headed up towards the capital beltway. 66 headed eastbound. no problems to report as you continue in towards 13 making your way out towar
phone calls in the night. virginia celebrates the confederacy. and also where we start tonight with governor's bob mcdonnell's decision. and virginia ron yagan a former radio talk show host working on a book about his dad. and pat buchanan and msnbc analyst. start with what happened in minnesota today. it's an amazing event. we'll get to the confederate stuff later. what's going on? show you right now is governor palin today with balkman. very fascinating political figures. very good on the stump. much more exciting than mitch mcconnell or john boehner. here is the new starpower of the republican party. let's watch today. >> on the outside i am here to testify she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside. please help me welcome governor sarah palin. >> you know, pat, i think i had a small role here in hosting this program one day when michelle bachmann came on and said we ought to have a media investigation. you were here. and the senate out of that -- a caterpillar became a butterfly and saw her today. she's dazzle on the stump. her speech today was so well given. i think that
service for coal miners killed in west virginia. the president promises safer working conditions in the future. and leaving their mark, what the scribbles left by young g.i.s on troop ships reveal about the vietnam war. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. the cleanup and search for survivors continues tonight in the south. yesterday's string of tornadoes cut path of destruction from louisiana to georgia. hardest hit, yazoo city, mississippi, where at least ten were killed and 21 were taken to the hospital. tonight authorities believe the damage there was caused by one tornado. don teague is in yazoo city with the latest. don, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, russ. national guard troops and state police are patrolling the streets of yazoo city tonight as residents here begin the process of cleaning up after a path of destruction that crosses the entire state. the day after a deadly tornado tore across yazoo city, mississippi, there are parts of this town that, like the roof of francine cox's house, are simply gone. >> i don'
the university area over to georgia. this is just volume. 495 in virginia. it appears everything is back to normal and back at speed despite an earlier accident at braddock road. 395 northbound from the beltway to seminary looks like that delay is setting in. finally wrap up before that with 95. we are slow in two spots. the prince william parkway to lorton and again from the fairfax county parkway up to the mixing bowl. that's an extra ten minutes in the car right now and that delay is growing. back to you. >>> today both the private and public remembrance of dr. height. the civil rights legend died last week. kristin fisher is live in northwest washington with a look at what is happening today. kristin? >> that's right, andrea. dr. height's family, close friends and even dignitaries will be coming here for the private viewing and that's set to start at 9:00 this morning but yesterday it was the public's turn to pay their respects to dr. height. more than 1,000 people turned out on tuesday for the viewing here at the national council for negro women which height headed for four decades.
. live in vince, la larks i'm jay gray. jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> northern virginia congressman jim moran says today he asked the interior secretary to reconsider a allowing offshore drilling. in the letter congressman moran says regardless of ideology the situation should give everyone pause regarding expansion of offshore drilling. it is becoming increasingly likely the gulf states are looking at an economic and environmental disaster not seen since the exx"exxon valdez." moran says virginia's fishing and coastal tourism industries are vital to the economy. and if exploration off the virginia coast. make sure the scope of the problems is understood before any drilling permits or leases are allowed. >>> there may now be a criminal probe of the company that runs the west virginia mine where 29 people died earlier this month. a federal law enforce many official says that the fbi has interviewed nearly t two dozen former and current massey energy employees. the official says the fbi is looking for evidence that the richmond based company engaged in criminal negligence
. generally in the mid-50s around town. 51 in prince georges county. and martinburg, west virginia, 49 degrees this morning. and the radar, there is a ribbon of rain showers this week, but the industrial strength is arriving late this afternoon and evening and much through the day tomorrow. and there is a forecast today, a mix of sunshine and clouds early. temperatures in the low 60s, and a high temperature, a 70% chance of rain today and a 60% chance of more rain tomorrow and then again on monday and lingering on tuesday. we needed to catch up where half of the average rainfall is what we have, so we will get caught up. >> thank you, chuck. >> you are welcome. >>> new today, a man is in in the hospital after being stabbed. it happened in wheaton. the man was conscious and breathing when taken to the hospital. he is currently in stable condition. police are still looking for his attacker. they think he might have gotten away in a blue vehicle. >>> court papers show a suspect in the d.c. mass shooting is cooperating with authorities. court papers outline the time line behind the killings. it be
killed in a gas explosion in the west virginia mine. >>> a new bill in the u.s. senate would weaken dc's gun law. if approved the bill would make it easier for city residents to buy gun and ammunition and also do away with the city's registration and firearms storage mandate. the district banned handguns in the city for 32 years before a 2008 ruling overturned it. >>> one man is dead after what's being called a gun battle in a laurel apartment complex. investigators say the shooting started on conte road and ended up in an apartment on finchly lane. police are trying to piece together what happened. the victim's name has not yet been released. >>> a homeless virginia man told police someone set him on fire. police say david mould was sleeping under the fredericksburg bridge on saturday. he was unable to describe a suspect. he is hospitalized in critical condition. investigators are looking at the possibility that mould's own cigarettes caused the fire. >>> families in one prince william county neighborhood are on edge. that's because police say a man tried to abduct two brothers monday
on a softball field in northern virginia this weekend spoke out for the first time tonight. they remembered his passion for life, his dedication to helping others and his love for the game of softball. craig melvin has our story. >> reporter: this man saw his father-in-law go down. >> his face turned blue and chest turned blue. i knew something was really wrong. >> reporter: 55-year-old george krit crisp died on the softball field. he and his son-in-law talked about dying that way. >> one would be in your sleep. not feel or know anything or, you know, doing something that you love and having it be quick and painless. >> reporter: it probably was. the line drive hit crisp in his throat just below his jaw, rupturing his artery and in seconds blood flooded his brain. >> he is the funniest guy you ever met. it came naturally. he didn't try too hard. >> reporter: gary bartlow remembers when he had to ask permission to marry one of george crisp's daughters. >> he said, of course you can. but he also wanted to make sure i took care of her, just like he did. i promised him i would. >> reporter: besides
this afternoon for the 29 men killed in the west virginia coal mine explosion earlier this month. chief among the mourners was president obama. our chief white house correspondent chief reed is in beckley, west virginia, tonight. >> 29 crosses for the 29 lives lost in the upper big branch mine in the tradition of mining country, a helmet carefully placed on each by members of the family. ♪ >> reporter: president obama and vice president biden came to beckley, west virginia to, offer words of comfort for the families and praise for the victims of the deadliest u.s. mining disaster in 40 years. >> all this hard work, all that hardship, all the time spent underground, it was all for the families. >> reporter: a preliminary federal report says the cause of the explosion was probably a build-up of methane gas or coal dust or both. the report criticized massey energy company for its long history of safety violations at the mine. massey says there will be accountability if there was improper conduct. the president says miners deserve to be treated the way they treat each other, like family. >> we
. >>> rules to protect the blue crabs in virginia are working so well they may be extended. virginia regulators are considering keeping the catch restrictions. that includes a ban on scooping up hibernating females during the winter. a recent account found more blue crabs in the bay than any other times since 1997. >>> virginia governor bob mcdonnell is responding to the controversy over illegal immigration after the passing of a law in arizona. we caught up with the governor and he shared what he believes would help virginia. >> what i think we need to do is get the federal laws working right. i think the federal government has failed the american people with border security, enforcement issues and there is frustration in virginia about enforcement of the laws and what they need to do is expand lawful immigration. >> governor mcdonnell talked about immigration on his regular appearance on radio. he said he hasn't read the arizona law but as a border state it has different problems than the commonwealth. >>> eric holder announced the government may challenge arizona's new law. he fea
gray. doreen, jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> man from virginia died after he was tasered by police in arlington. the officers say they were trying to control the man in an apartment on columbia pike and that's when they used a taser gun. that man died this morning. derrick ward is in arlington and has more on this. >> reporter: we are learning a bit more about the victim that died in the third-floor apartment in this building during the incident you just talked about. we are also learning more about the training that police officers typically undergo and what's men to be non-lethal force. when police responded to the call for a psychiatric emergency at the wild wood apartment in arlington, they encountered adil jouamai. he had been staying here with relatives. >> family member that initiated the call to the police department. >> reporter: police say he was nude and uncooperatedive and there was a struggle. an officer use ad taser on the 32-year-old man. they noticed he was not breathing. >> already dispatched to the scene and they were there and provided medical treatment
this. it is adding to the congestion we will see all morning long. moving to 495 in virginia. 95 to 66 a different story. pretty much smooth sailing. everybody is moving at speed on i-66, the eastbound trip it is slow between 50 and nutley. happy to report no incidents or accidents at this time. on the outer loop in maryland, we take it north of the district from university to georgia dropping speeds a bit. and 95 southbound this is something new to tell you about it appears we have an accident near the park and ride and that's the only incident on 95. nothing to report on the bw parkway. over to you. >>> a consequence of our bad weather, power outages. at last check 1600 power customers in washington and frederick counties, maryland are without power all because of those storms which moved through last night. our cameras caught the downpour in frederick, maryland. up to three inches fell in that part of the region. some people reported hail. fortunately no reports of any major damage this morning. >>> the cleanup continues this morning in mississippi. a string of tornadoes ravaged the
that just say look, we need to take a good look at virginia. >> it really comes down to building sights. so we're working to determine which of those will be the best for us. >> starting from 0 at this point is inconsistent with our timeline. >> the move is planned for summer of 2011. the ceo plans to make that decision on the arlington or fair fax within a few months. >> giving no ground on capitol hill today. despite being grilled by the lawmakers who are accusing the company of being unfair to clients. examining which role they might have played in the financial crisis. and today's hearing is focused on goldman's strategy with certain more of the investments. who still expected them to increase. and that the firm was in a position to make money at those investments declining. for that apparent complex, no apologies. >> the regret to me means something that you feel like you did wrong. and i don't have that. >> they were hoping to use today's hearing to build report for the registration now before the senate. >>> three violent robbers caught on tape. and they are looking for leads. two me
, out of west virginia. this is where a memorial service will be taking place this hour for the 29 people killed in this month's coal mine explosion. the worst u.s. mine disaster in 40 years. president barack obama is delivering the eulogy. he will be momentarily. we will be joining that jeweulo as it happens roughly about 30 minutes from now and bring that to you live. obviously, the president will also be meeting with family members of those miners who were killed in that explosion. >>> the other major story we're following for you, this hour tornado devastation in the south. mississippi's governor calls it utter obliteration in some places including his hometown. alabama was also hit hard and fast. >> talked to my dad on the phone. he said, son, they say it's coming right downtown. just as he said that, it lightened off in the distance and i could see the wall cloud and see the funnel cloud drop down. i said, dad, it's not -- it is coming through downtown. >> here's what's happening right now as a result of that severe weather. rescue crews are out in force across mississippi af
of the miners in west virginia. >>> i'm jamie colby, the news continues with the latest from washington. have a good week. >>> a deadly twister sweeps through the deep south killing at least ten people. right now, rescue workers are coking through neighborhoods in mississippi looking for more victims. we'll go there live next. >>> and the media talking about goldman sachs making serious investments while the rest of the country was seeing jobs and their savings disappear. and a key pundit that is setting the republican talking points these days, is tea party a problem? live from the capital, the news starts right now. >>> utter obliteration, how the governor of mississippi is describing a deadly torn that i had that tore through his home city, yazoo, mississippi yesterday. it tore through 100 homes killing 13 people. >> we're told this could have been aef-4, and that means sustained winds topping 200 miles per hour. the national weather service has not confirmed that but crews are on the way to look at the damage like that behind me. this is what is left of hillcrest baptist church and walk,
crafted by tom davis, a former republican congressman from virginia, and addressed that the united states is fighting for democracy and freedom in baghdad and kabul, capitals where they can vote for the leaders, and americans cannot their own nation, and more americans from d.c. have died in those wars and in korea and vietnam and world war ii than in southern -- seven other states. >> d.c. used to be twice as big as aids. at the virginia side was returned -- and became twice as big as it is. the virginia side was returned and became part of virginia. you have the district be in maryland and have it for a senator and members of the house. it is the obvious answer, one that nobody will accept. >> in baltimore? last word. thanks, see you next week. for a transcript of this broadcast, log on to insidewashington.tv. what did you do that for? i've been wondering whether i'd like it. what's the decision? i don't know yet. you can have another c you know what they are?
into summer it's time to think about protecting your skin from the sun. today west virginia an expert on hand to help you get prepared and lower your risk for burn, the early onset of wrinkles and even skin cancer. she's answering questions rights now on myfoxdc.com. just head to our home page. she was on about 30 minutes ago on the air and now doing a web chat. >> we love dr. macklin. >>> right now we want to turn our attention over to gwen tolbert and in for tucker this morning to let you know what this monday is shaping up to look like? >> well no sunshine. we have clouds and rain and drizzle and not quite as bad as it was yesterday where we had some really strong storms roaring through, but let's take a look at radar and show you what is happening. we have rainfall and plenty of it across many areas and heavy pockets of rainfall here as well. we don't have any warnings or watches, but this is something you'll have to contend with during the course of the day and there is a chance this afternoon we could see some storms popping up. so be aware of that. we're not quite cle
year old boy in northern virginia. police say his older brother fought back. >> plane diverted from dulles airport. >>> it comes down to game seven tonight. the caps are trying not to go home. loudoun county schools are about to make some changes. the kids will probably love it. but teachers and other school employees won't. good evening. i'm jim vance. >> i'm doreen gentzler. the loudoun county school board decided that there will be two furlough days during the next school year. schools in the county will close and no activities will be scheduled. the county says the furloughs will save jobs. aaron gilchrist joins us now with the story. hi, aaron. >> doreen and jim, it was a choice nobody wanted to make. fire nearly 400 employees or cut every school employee's salary. effectively that's what the furlough does and today loudoun county faculty and staff learned exactly when that will happen. mill road elementary school today a fifth grade lesson on the periodic table for their teacher and all 10 thousand school employees in loudoun county. today meant the difficult math lesson. >> l
reaches the final four. one of the final four, the west virginia mountaineers are team- based over the maryland state line. just in morgan town. and their close proximity means they had a big falling here in maryland. weijia jiang has more on the local excitement for the team. weijia? >> mary in our road trip today, we found so many people who say they love living in maryland. but they love rooting for the ones next door. [ car honking ] >> reporter: there's something strange going on in maryland. >> let's go, mountaineers. >> reporter: in which traditionally terrapin terps make it impossible to see any red. >> let's go, mountaineers. >> we believe blue and gold here. >> but you live in maryland. >> i know. it's almost an oasis, if you will, in the big sea of red and white. >> it came to an end when michigan state beat them at the buzzer. but west virginia clinched a spot after beating kentucky, the first time in 19 years. >> it's the only thing in the state of west virginia that brings people together like it does. >> reporter: and driving just a few miles down maryland roads, lea
. >>> we start in west virginia where hope is fading but it is still there that rescue crews will be able to get back into the upper big branch mine and find four missing west virginia miners alive. the search teams got the all clear and made a mad bash back inside. yesterday they got within 500 feet but forced to turn back because of dangerous gas levels and fears of possibly another explosion. one of two injured miners who survived has been released by the hospital. the ap reports he's not talking to anyone this morning. give us a sense of how optimistic they are as they get set to go back into the mine and look for the four missing mine re rers. >> reporter: they are still hopeful. keep in mind we're at hour 6 since the fatal blast in naoma, west virginia. these men should have made it by this point to the long wall. section 22, this is this 2,000 foot stretch of wall deep inside this coal mine where the rescue teams believe three of the four missing miners are located and also where they've been honing in on this rescue chamber. as everyone been repeating, if there's any hope of survi
of moments on the search for four missing miners in west virginia. families, holding on to hope for a miracle today. we're going to to look at the upper big branch mine, safety crews say crews are making some progress since monday's blast that killed at least 25. talking to someone about the risks they face in a moment stand by for that here. >>> in the meantime, there's new word of a major shift in foreign policy, reports say the white house is rewriting the document that identifies the biggest threat to national security, removing islamic references, including those that involve jihad and islamic extremism. that's an about face from the previous administration. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to america us -- to "america's newsroom". martha: that's going to get a lot of attention. good morning, bill, good morning, everybody at home, i'm martha maccallum, the obama administration has already sort of shunned the phrase the war on terror, so widely used burg the -- during the bush administration. sources say this new change in the language, wee moving that word, islamic, with
>>> plus, a scoop about ken cooccinelli, he said it was cost virginia $350 has turned out to be a fundraising ploy. we have the evidence. and we have the evidence that vladimir putin fears nothing, as long as anything scary is drugged and blow dried to look pretty before he has to face it. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >>> ready or not, here it might be. turns out they're going for immigration reform. yeah. the long-awaited yet largely unexpected fight to reform federal immigration policy is as of today unexpectedly upon us. the tick-tock of what led up to this is head spinning. last night president obama told reporters on air force one that congress probably lacked the, quote, appetite to take on immigration this election year. that comment from the president led to the broadly understood truth expressed by this completely conclusive associated press headline. it's not going to happen. immigration reform off the agenda, so says obama. this morning house minority leader john boehner, quote, there is not a chance that immigration is going to move through the co
in the bedroom of a 13-year-old girl in fredericksburg, virginia. jackie benson spoke with the family. >> hit picture and shattered the picture. >> reporter: this is the hole made by a 9-millimeter bullet that went through three walls, two exterior and one interior, and a house plant before bouncing after the wall of a 13-year-old girl. it was about 4:00 p.m. wednesday. the eighth grade student had been lying on her bed studying moments earlier. >> then i got a call and i answered it and like i just dropped the phone and then i picked it up. she was, like, what was that noise? i was like, i don't even know. when i came out, it was kind of smo smoky. that's why i thought it was the outlet that exploded. then i came in here and saw the hole. >> reporter: she did what any teenager did in that situation. she called her dad. edward campbell is executive chef at the restaurant. >> the damage it could have done to my daughter, that's the ultimate. >> reporter: police were called. once everyone was assured she was okay, the question became, what happened? >> it was the neighbor in the adjacent apartm
, west virginia. the chaplain: father, we ask you to strengthen the courage of the representatives and congress. sent here men and women to do what a right. make it plain, father. we lease the same wisdom that brought these 50 states together to form this great united states of america. allow it to fall fresh among this great governing body as they make decisions affecting over 300 million americans. father, at this time we join our hearts, minds and spirits for our fellow miners in west virginia who have suffered a great loss in the midst of tragedy. out of the depths of our pressing need, praying that i will draw near onto us during this dark hour of time in jesus name, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from alabama, mr. griffith. mr. griffith: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, i
the chatham bridge. pat? >> in fredericksburg, virginia, population 22,000. there are 72 police officers here. they're not accustomed to a lot of violence. certainly nothing like what happened here last weekend. >> the victim, a 52-year-old. they said he was picked up a few times for drunken disorderly conduct, but he never stole anything. in fact, he was more likely to be a victim of crime than a perpetrator. he was seen wandering ability this intersection in the historic part of fredericksburg. not too far from that chatham bridge. he had taken off the blanket he was sleeping under, stripped away the jacket he had on. some cars drove by. but rick rice stopped. he said someone had taken his money and someone had set him on fire. >> he had burns, and it looked like bruising. but it was actually second degree burns. a lot of his skin had blistered off and was hanging from his body. he didn't have his shirt on. the shirt was gone. i could see the whole side of his body. he couldn't move his arm. it was hanging by his side. >> fredericksburg police down under that bridge today, looking for evide
on the beltway for virginia drivers coming out of springfield into tysons. it's on the inner loop at braddock. two lanes to the right are close already and that before emergency equipment as arrived. on the way to 66 if you leave in the next few minutes, this crash is erratic. you may want to wait and take little river turnpike to miss everything. nothing between springfield and baltimore. in great shape out of fredericksburg getting to the beltway. now to the news desk. >> thank you. >>> some major developments from the fight over the district posing a teachers' contract. if looks like the deal is in jeopardy. the city's chief financial officer will not certify the agreement because of strings attached to the private donations. courtney robinson is live in northwest with the educational politics at play. tell us about it. >> all this comes down to a clause in the contract that could blow this deal to pieces. they could lose a lot of money, the teachers. >> 54 million? >> all that and private donations meant to increase d.c. teacher pay and bonuses, but that money and the new contract could g
tomorrow on that deadly west virginia mine explosion. on sunday, president obama and vice president biden attended a memorial service for the 29 miners in buckley, west virginia. the president told the miners' families that he would work for safer mining work environments. >> we cannot bring back the 29 men we lost. they're with the lord now. our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. to do what we must do individually and collectively to assure safe conditions underground. >>> gl. >> a preliminary report says the cause of the blast was a buildup of methane gas or coal dust. >>> before he traveled to west virginia, the president was in north carolina. an armed man who was spotted at the airport as the president was leaving is under arrest. 23-year-old joseph sean mcvey of ohio was charged with a misdemeanor. police saw mcvey in a parking lot getting out of his car with a side arm. he was not near the president's plane, which had just departed. authorities said he had formulas for rifle scopes. he's being held on a $100,000 bail. >>> they're close, but
and virginia. d.c. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton will fight the bill. >> still ahead, goldman sachs gets grilled. >> you knew it was a day [bleep] deal. >> the gulf coast is bracing for a major environmental disaster. thousands of gallons of oil could washed ashore in days. >> a new push to hang up and drive. abc 7 is helping oprah winfrey s with expedia, when you book your flight and hotel at the same time, voilÀ, you could save up to 450 bucks. and that could come in pretty handy. where you book matters. expedia. >> the coast guard may use fire to fight the huge oil slick in the gulf of mexico. they have been unable to stem the flow of oil from the rig that sank off louisiana coast. they may try to burn off the oil slick, which is 50 miles long and 80 miles wide. if that could begin as soon as today. the o's league is 20 miles from the louisiana coast. -- the oil slick. >> the national weather service canceled the frost advisory. temperatures will start climbing after sunset. it is still cold relative to what we are used to over the past weeks. it's dropped one degree in potomac. down
>>> this morning on early "today," tragedy in west virginia, a deadly explosion rocks a coal mine in the worst u.s. mine disaster in decades. >>> switching sides. afghan president hamid karzai threatens to join the taliban. >>> and, kings of the court. duke just slip by america's favorite underdogs to become duke just slip by america's favorite underdogs to become ncaa top dogs. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a devastating disaster. there are now at least 25 confirmed deaths, and four unaccounted for after an explosion ripped through a west virginia coal mine, in the worst u.s. mining disaster since 1984. a search has been halted for the four missing miners who would have enough food and water to survive for 96 hours, if they are alive and mobile. the explosion happened yesterday afternoon, about 30 miles south of charleston. the federal mine safety and health administration says miners were leaving on a vehicle that takes them in and out of the long shaft when the blast happened. now, the cause of
been a border battle between virginia and west virginia. it's been settled now. but the problem came about after a subdivision was built and a school and fire department questioned the dividing line. this is at the crest of a mountain. and after a land survey, west virginia gained a few feet. >>> could legalizing marijuana be on just for medical use boost the economy? we'll take a look ahead. >>> and you've heard about the s.e.c. employees spending quite a bit of time looking at pornography on the job while wall street suffered. but what is it that drives people to try this risky behavior at the workplace. lisa van sustern comes up after the break. >>> and after the break we'll get the latest weather from tony and the traffic from charlie. 7:27, 54 degrees out there. e >>> some encouraging news about brett michaels. the rocker now awake. the poison front man complained of what he said was an excruciating headache thursday night. well it turns out he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. he's been in critical condition. doctors are still trying to find out the source of the bleeding. h
. >> it was a brilliant compromise crafted by tom davis, a former congressman from virginia, which is that americans are fighting for democracy and freedom in baghdad and kabul, capitals where they can vote for their leaders, and americans cannot, and more americans from d.c. have died in those wars and korea and vietnam and world war ii than in seven other states which do have voting rights. >> there is a logical solution, which is, remember, d.c. used to be twice as big as it is. the virginia side was returned and became part of a virginia pit all those who live in that area have at the vote, members of congress and the senate. you have the district be in maryland and have a vote for senator and members of the house. it is the obvious answer and one that nobody will accept. >> last word. see you next week. announcer: whether it's earning a promotion... they're the culmination of lots of hard work. the graduate school has more ways to get you the knowledge you need to reach your next goal, your next great moment, with continuing education programs to fit your schedule and lifestyle. learn more. vis
prove otherwise. a similar law was passed in prince william county, virginia. we see how it worked so far. >> when prince william county passed a bill similar to arizona's law there were expressions, expressing outrage and praise. >> since the law went in to affect we have thousands of illegal aliens leaving our community. our crime rate dropped 38% in two years. >> reporter: corey stewart say the community has been transformed for the better. more than 2300 illegal immigrants have been deported. >> we ended up changing our policy a little bit to check essentially everybody who is arrested for any crime whatsoever. that eliminated the possibility of racial profiling. >> our county was severely hurt economically. many people left the county. prince william has had some of the biggest depreciation of homes of anywhere in this area. >> reporter: nancy says the law devastated prince william county and continues to undermine public safety. >> people don't come forward to testify as witnesses. they are afraid to do that. they are afraid to report crime. >> reporter: the issue is clearly div
to washington, maryland and virginia. >> reporter: on 88.7 fm, latino listeners are making the arizona lil legal immigrant crackdown a hot topic. >> they are concerned it could happen here. >> he says his callers are concerned about the law, which instructs police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being illegal. >> it's a big step forward. we totally disagree with that an we feel befrayed, angry and scared. >> reporter: people who support more efforts against illegal immigration will point here to prince william county, virginia. three years ago, police were instructed to check the immigration status of the people they arrest. >> you are saving lives when you identify illegal immigrants and deporting them. >> the chairman of the county, coriry stewart says enforcing immigration laws here have had a big impact on the crime in his county. >> the overall crime rate is at a 19-year low. the reality is what we did in prince william county and what arizona is doing is saving lives. >> reporter: still, even though only 121 people of the nearly 2,000 who were arrested fo
been digging throughout the night to try to release toxic gases at the mine in west virginia where 25 mines are died in an explosion on monday. in the meantime, the search continues for the four miners who are still missing. >> fox 5's will thomas has been out at the upper big branch mine in montcoal all morning long watching the latest developments. will johns us now with new details. what is going on? >> good morning to you. we just received an update a short time ago from governor manchin and the administration for coal mine safety and health. there has been significant progress overnight. some good news to report. instead of focusing on just two holes where they're trying to ventilate the area where the men are believed to be, the four missing miners, they are now efforting a total of four and one of those holes has already penetrated this area. they are concentrating specifically on a 20 by 1,000- foot area where the four missing miners are believed to be. methane lefts are too high for rest users to reenter so they are veptding out the area society rescue teams can access the me
.c. this is washington county, frederick county and maryland. also jefferson and burkely counties and west virginia. there you can see the purple box here. you see a nice little hook echo or indentation. this is a doppler radar-indicated tornado. but you need to take this seriously and seek shelter. there is a severe thunderstorm watch. sometimes even though it's a thunderstorm watch and not a tornado watch, sometimes tornado do occur. now, it is a tornado watch across parts of florida. at this hour we saw one line move through earlier today that produced a little tree damage and some hail in gainesville. that second is coming off the gulf of mexico. we could possibly see this sneak a little further to the south. watch out in the tampa area. you will likely see winds in excess of 60 miles with this storm and possible tornadoes. if we get any warnings, we will bring it along to you. the greatest threat of severe weather stretch as cross the eastern seaboard from pennsylvania stretching down into parts of florida. this is a slight risk day. we are not expecting near the number of or severity that we
memorial in west virginia. details straight ahead. i'm harris falkner in tonight for julie banderas, this is fox report. mississippi's governor calls it a scene of utter obliteration. >> it's destroying my home, it destroyed my home. >> buildings, churches, entire neighborhoods torn to pieces, after a powerful twister slams the region. but people in mississippi were not the only victims of nature's wrath. >> i looked and the rain just swirling side ways, you know? and big clump of leaves and stuff started falling. >> and crying because we built the house and you know, and all the trees we put in, you know, it's hard to see it all destroyed. >> tonight, everywhere else strong tornados struck and a live update from one of the hardest hit areas. >> plus, hundreds gathering in west virginia. remembering the workers killed in one of the nation's worst mining disasters in decades. >> we cannot bring back 29 men we lost. they're with the lord now. our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. >> first, breaking news, officials say a man tried to impersona
inside that west virginia coal mine to figure out what caused an explosion that killed 29 workers. that's because high levels of dangerous gases are still inside and one investigator says it could be coming from a fire somewhere inside the mine. meanwhile, a public memorial service is planned for this sunday in beckley, west virginia. the president and vice president are planning to tand twonchlgts men accused in connection with the mass shootings are set to appear in court. they were arrested and charged in the drive-by that killed four people and injured five others last month. and the police are looking for a fifth suspect. meanwhile, a 14-year-old originally charged in the shootings was publicly exonerated yesterday. generating anger among some of the victims' families. news4's tracee wilkins reports. >> as the investigation progressed, there was definitely development among the witnesses in terms of the interand what they were saying. >> reporter: one of the developments led to the exoneration of a 14-year-old who police originally fingered as the getaway driver in the deadliest ma
miners who were killed in west virginia's mine explosion. they spoke at a memorial service yesterday. four weeks ago, an underground explosion killed those miners. the president gave a somber eulogy. >> if any comfort can be found, it can perhaps be found by seeking the face of fwod who quiets our troubled minds -- the face of god would quiets our troubled mines, who mends our broken hearts. >> the pres promising to do whatever possible to prevent another mining disaster. >>> he wanted to seat president. instead, will see a judge. police arrested joseph mcveigh in north carolina on sunday. he is from ohio. officers say mcveigh had a car full of police gear including a siren and strobe light but he is not a police officer. he has only been charged with a misdemeanor. he did not get close to the president. >>> thousands of people rallied in arizona for the third day in a row angry at a enough new immigration law. some say it will lead to racial profiling by police. we get the latest on this from sherry ly. >> reporter: opponents of this new law in arizona are calling it racist. they sa
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